in Ink

A comparison of Sundry Reds

Having recently received (a) a number of nice new red inks and (b) a nice new scanner, I thought I would combine the two and compare a few different reds to each other.

Red ink comparisons

A selection of different red inks, next to each other.

As you can see, I have a number of red inks, which is odd because I rarely use them – I annotate things in red but don’t write anything apart from that in it, and don’t draw or colour with the stuff. Still, Diamine make some gorgeous reds, and their 30ml bottles are inexpensive.

From top to bottom for the benefit of search engines:

  • J Herbin 1670
  • J Herbin Rouge Caroubier
  • Diamine Poppy Red
  • Diamine Oxblood
  • Diamine Monaco Red
  • Diamine Crimson (the new, recent, formulation)
  • Diamine Red Dragon
  • Diamine Syrah

and some other reds not from bottled ink, why not, pixels are cheap:

  • A Sharpie fineliner
  • A Uni-Ball Signo, fairly common rollerball gel pen
  • A fat Sharpie marker

All of the bottled ink samples were written with a J Herbin glass dip pen. The paper is Black n Red 90gsm lined, from an A4 ringbound book.

You can see that the Syrah really isn’t desperately red and is more of a reddish mauve – I do like violets/mauves/purples and have a few so might include it in a future comparison post on those.